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Leafs get much-needed win; Tampa loses third straight

11/5/2002

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs completed a horrible
homestand with a much-needed win.

Alexander Mogilny scored three goals, including the game-winner
with 2:22 to play, as Toronto rallied for a 4-3 victory over the
Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

The Maple Leafs, often booed in recent games, finished their
seven-game homestand 2-4-1.

''It would have been awful walking out tonight if we hadn't bounced
back,'' coach and general manager Pat Quinn said. ''Those players
should feel good about themselves tonight because all of us have
been beating up on them pretty good. They needed something good to
happen.''

After tying the game at 1 in the second period, Mogilny tied it
at 2 early in the third and then gave the Maple Leafs their first
lead by firing a slap shot off goalie Nikolai Khabibulin's glove.

''It feels awesome,'' Mogilny said.

Mogilny, who got his 16th career hat trick, said his team should
have played better on the homestand, which included losses to the
lowly Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. Toronto also tied the
league-worst Atlanta Thrashers.

''It's not acceptable,'' Mogilny said. ''We should have had a
better result.''

Quinn thought a supportive crowd made a difference.

''The crowd was really with us tonight and that helped a lot,''
he said.

Ed Belfour, who hasn't been as good as departed free agent
Curtis Joseph, made 34 saves, including several impressive stops.

''It was a huge confidence builder not only for myself, but for
the team,'' said Belfour, who will play against his former club,
the Dallas Stars, on Friday night.

Brad Richards scored and had an assist for the Lightning, who
went 0-3 on their road trip.

''We should have won,'' Khabibulin said. ''There was no excuse
for the fourth goal. It's hard to lose a game like that. It was an
awful road trip.''

Sheldon Keefe's shot over Belfour's left shoulder gave Tampa Bay
a 1-0 lead at 8:40 of the first.

Mogilny tied it at 1 with his sixth goal of the season after
catching a pass with his glove and quickly firing a shot past
Khabibulin.

After struggling Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe turned the puck
over, Andre Roy scored as he tripped over Belfour's stick.

Mogilny's one-timer from the side of the net tied it at 2 at
2:25 of the third, but Richards -- alone in front of the net -- gave
Tampa Bay the lead by shooting a rebound past Belfour at 8:13 of
the third.

Darcy Tucker then tied it at 14:46 of the third after gathering
a shot from the point, turning and firing a shot past Khabibulin.

Game notes
Mogilny has eight goals this season. ... Toronto Raptors
general manager Glen Grunwald sat two seats from Vince Carter's
mom. ... Sweden's women's hockey team attended the game. ... Former
Maple Leafs player Borge Salming also attended. ... Tucker scored
his 100th career goal.